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Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Bound by Honor (original title)
Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Ross Thomas (story), Jimmy Santiago Baca (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Chapa ... Miklo
Jesse Borrego ... Cruz
Benjamin Bratt ... Paco
Enrique Castillo ... Montana
Victor Rivers ... Magic Mike
Delroy Lindo ... Bonafide
Tom Towles ... Red Ryder
Carlos Carrasco ... Popeye
Teddy Wilson ... Wallace
Raymond Cruz ... Chuey
Valente Rodriguez ... Frankie
Lanny Flaherty ... Big Al
Billy Bob Thornton ... Lightning
Geoffrey Rivas ... Carlos
Karmin Murcelo Karmin Murcelo ... Dolores
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Storyline

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.

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Taglines:

An epic story of three brothers. Bound by blood. Divided by fate. Driven by destiny. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood In, Blood Out See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,548, 2 May 1993

Gross USA:

$4,496,583

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,496,583
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Hispanic prison gang "La Onda," depicted in this film, is a fictional creation of Jimmy Santiago Baca and Taylor Hackford, but the gang is based on the real-life Mexican Mafia prison gang. The other two gangs depicted were the "BGA" (Black Guerrilla Army) and the "AV'ers" (Aryan Vanguard). They represented the real life gangs the Black Guerrilla Family and the Aryan Brotherhood, respectively. See more »

Goofs

The grenades that Smokey throws into club are standard issue military grenades. They don't have enough power to obliterate a whole building or start a fire as seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Paco: What do you vatos want to do ese?
Spider: Caele, homies.
Paco: You gotta pay your dues to me, pinche mamón.
Spider: You want to throw it out, puto? Come and get some. Chale, motherfucker!
Paco: Man, fuck you. ¿You want another placazo bad ass? Come and get it motherfucker!
Spider: Chinga tu madre! I will cut your fucking heart out, punk!
Coolaide: ANDALE!
Paco: And FUCK these other vatos, ese! ¡Get up Chucky, get up! You fuck with my familia eh, you got to answer to me, here and now come on, toe to toe.
[Chucky whistles]
Paco: LET'S GO MOTHERFUCKER! ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

"The bloody era of prison gang warfare, which characterized much of California's prison system during the decade depicted in this film, is now under control." See more »

Alternate Versions

The American Directors Cut DVD contains the following scenes:
  • There is an added scene between the one where Paco argues with his stepfather and the one where they get hassled by the cop. In it we see the guys driving and recalling moments in their childhood, smoking what seems to be joint and they get Miklo to do a " baby on acid face"
  • The scene where Cruz receives his scholarship is extended: He gives a speech and talks about his real mom who couldn't be there to see him receive his prize.
  • The scene where Popeye shows Miklo around is longer and contains more dialogue, including a death row inmate being escorted.
  • The art show scene is extended, Cruz and his buddies return high on drugs and his manager plays it off as part of the show.
  • There is an added scene before the one where Popeye takes his parole picture. In it Miklo and Popeye strike a deal: Miklo will erase Popeye's debt to La Onda in return Popeye will cast a vote for him in the council.
  • There is an added scene where Popeye stabs Smokey during a phony deal. It explains why Smokey is bleeding when he calls Paco and the blood on his shirt in the church.
  • After Montana is stabbed by Wallace, the prison riot sequence is longer with a cut scene containing more dialogue with the Onda council.
  • The final prison riot scene where Bonafide (the Black Guerilla Family leader) is murdered is more graphic where he is impaled.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadalupe
from the Album MEXICO : FIESTAS OF CHIAPAS AND OAXACA
Recorded by David Lewiston
Courtesy of Elektra Nonesuch
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
Pleasantly Surprised.
17 September 2007 | by disaia-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie by chance and was expecting it to be some low budget flick with gang fights in it, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. I put the DVD in and was planning to only watch a few minutes before going to bed, but the movie was so good and interesting that I watched the whole thing.

I'm also surprised this movie didn't win many awards. I notice it only won best director in Japan. This should have at least been nominated for best picture (Schindler's List won that year).

And speaking of surprises, the plot has some good twists and surprises of its own.


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